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Just Pretzel

2 Oct

It’s been quite the day, so you just get Pretzel.

She’s cute and makes me smile.

The Goats in Pasture

13 Aug

We did have some nice weather over the weekend. I took advantage of it to walk out and spend some time with the goats.  I tried to take a nice three-generation picture, but nobody was cooperating.

Sunshine, Tansy, and Cupid

At least Cupid’s boy, Pongo, knows how to pose for a picture.

Pongo with Cupid behind

At first, I thought this was Hera flirting with Freddie.  Then I realized it was Popcorn.  You can certainly see the difference in how a buck and a wether looks with this picture.

Freddie and Popcorn

Cutie is my most Saanen girl (7/8), and she always has beautiful girls, but they are wild.  Seriously.  I find that truly annoying.

Sylvia

Ava is the same age as Cutie, and she is also a high percentage dairy.  Of course, I kept her only sweet kid–Freddie.  Hopefully, I’ll get a sweet girl from her too.  I think I’ll try getting a dairy (probably Nubian) buck next year to get the next generation milking girls in 2023.

Here’s 2TC just for fun.

2TC

Chiffon is really looking little with her two boys.  Can you imagine if I’d let her try to raise all three?  I certainly might need to think about weaning.  Soon…

Chiffon with Nestle and Sonny

I am going to try to enjoy as many of these summer days as I can before I go back to teaching soon.

Once They Moved

30 Jun

Now that I had the moms where they needed to be, that still left me with a couple of problems.  I needed to get Astra on this side so I could milk her.

Astra (Haley in the back)

It was actually pretty easy to just open the panel by the cattle tank and let her come through.

Three generations: Pretzel, Moira, and Astra

Unfortunately, Astra and Perdita had to be separated again because she thought she should nurse her maa again, and Astra let her.

Astra and Perdita

I put her back on the other side with the rest of the herd.

Perdita, Aurora, and Daisy (I think the kid is Tippy)

Then I wanted to bring Dolly over too.  She’s been getting to come in and eat sweet feed everyday, and I wanted to continue that.  But she and Zinnia were being a bit difficult.

Zinnia and Dolly

Eventually, I got her in too.

I also had to do something with the geese.  The moms and babies can go everywhere, but the dads can’t get back and forth.  I decided I would put them away from the new kids.  I moved pools and so far it’s working out.  I think that’s all the moving around I had to do.  Trust me, that was plenty for this round of moving goats.

two of the babies

Now, I get to continue trying to keep track of kids out on the pasture with all that tall, thick grass.  So far, that has been going well.

Joani (back), Moira and Pretzel

The other problem is that the move did not help with Tiger getting his head stuck.

Tiger the second time I had to cut him out

I actually have had to cut him out of the fence twice.

You’ll notice he has duct tape on his horns, but he managed to rip the horn apparatus off.

I do not know what I’m going to do with this boy until I can get him sold.

I’m going to give the kids two or three weeks to be able to keep up with their moms, and then I can move them onto the Back Forty.